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Imran Khan, Benazir Bhutto 'were lovers'

Published: Thursday, August 20, 2009, 12:46 [IST]
 
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Imran Khan, Benazir Bhutto 'were lovers'

London: Believe it or not, Benazir Bhutto and Imran Khan , former political adversaries of Pakistan, had once been very close .

Pakistan's former captain Imran Khan was romantically involved with former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, claims author of new biography of Imran Khan.

Christopher Sanford claims that Bhutto became infatuated with Khan during their studies at Oxford, and they enjoyed a 'close' and even 'sexual' relationship.

Even though Imran's mother tried to organise an arranged marriage between the pair, she was not successful.

Sanford had interviewed both Imran Khan and his ex-wife Jemmia for the book. Bhutto was just 21 when she fell in love with Khan. At that time she was a second year student politics student at Lady Margaret Hall.

Book claims that Bhutto had been “visibly impressed" by Khan, and might even have been the first to call him the “Lion of Lahore".

It was believed that Khan and Bhutto had always been at loggerheads, both politically and personally.

In fact, Khan openly criticised the former Prime Minister just days before her death.

“In any event, it seems fairly clear that, for at least a month or two, the couple were close. There was a lot of giggling and blushing whenever they appeared together in public," the Telegraoh quoted Sandford as having told the Daily Mail.

He added: “It also seems fair to say that the relationship was “sexual", in the sense that it could only have existed between a man and a woman. The reason some supposed it went further was because, to quote one Oxford friend: 'Imran slept with everyone.""

However, the former Pakistan cricket captain has denied these claims, saying that he never had a sexual relationship with Bhutto.

Although he agreed to having been interviewed for the book, but claimed to have not read it as yet.

“Yes, I was interviewed, but I know nothing about the rest of what has been written. So it is not official," he told the Daily Mail.

“It is absolute nonsense about any sexual relationship or my mother and an arranged marriage. We were friends - that"s all," he added.

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